This week, I am teaching kids in our church’s Vacation Bible School. This is always an amazing thrill and a wonderful privilege, and as an even bigger bonus, I get to act weird, goofy, and so unlike a fifty-something year old around the kids!
I love to teach, and not just kids, but all ages. It’s the “aha!” moments that get to me, that keep me going to grow even more in my teaching content and techniques. But if you’re like me, sometimes I need a time of refreshment, a time to recharge and reevaluate my effectiveness in how I teach and lead my group. In other words, I need to be taught.
It’s for this reason that I have always made it a priority to grow in my relationship with Christ. Even in my days when I served as a senior pastor, I would listen to sermons, read books, and even participate in Bible studies that I didn’t lead. It was just flat-out healthy, something that was good for my soul.
That said, even if you have led a group for many years, you still need to be taught. Everyone does. You might want to attend another group for a week or participate in a weekly training for group leaders, but the chance to learn from others is essential. Here are five reasons why it’s important to be taught:
- You might see new teaching techniques. Although our message of the Bible never changes, there might be ways that you can share it even more effectively. Being a part of a group can help you see other ways to share God’s Word than what you are used to doing.
- You’ll enjoy fellowship with new people. Although we love relationships within our groups, it’s always healthy to get to know others. You might consider visiting another group and enjoying the new experience. After all, being in a new group even for one day might help you get familiar with people you haven’t had the chance to know before.
- To learn from another person. Let’s face it: we don’t know it all. Never will. It’s helpful, then, to study the Bible with others. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:2: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Being willing to learn from others is edifying and will likely make you even more effective as a group leader.
- To give your group a chance to hear another voice. It’s not a bad thing to have another person lead your group, particularly if you are trying to develop them to start a new group out of your own. Consider letting another person lead your group occasionally. This can be helpful for your group, your new leader, and for you.
- To have a time of rest. God took a day of rest after creating the universe. Jesus would often go off to a place of solitude to pray. Rest is important. Even one week off from teaching can be meaningful, so take it if you can.
Teachers need to be taught, too. If you haven’t had the chance to grow and learn from others in a group setting, maybe it’s time to do so. Even one day away to grow is useful, making you more effective in the ministry in which God has placed you.